Washington Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr. Shot in Carjacking

By Cameron Andrade

On the evening of Sunday, Aug. 28, Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. was shot multiple times in an attempted robbery and carjacking. Robinson was shortly transported to a local hospital, where surgery was performed.

After a successful surgery, Robinson took to Instagram where he said, “Surgery went well! Thanks for everyone’s prayers, God is Great!” The Commanders rookie was shot in the glute and leg area during the tragic incident.

Police said they were called to the scene of the crime on the 1000 block of H street, which is just Northeast of Washington D.C, where they identified Robinson as the victim. 

“I just got done visiting with Brian. He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support,” said Commanders head coach Ron Rivera in a tweet.

Right now, it is unclear when Robinson will return to the field of play. 

According to Rivera, “It’s really about the healing process. Once he’s well enough to get out on the field, then the doctors will have to clear him obviously and then we’ll go from there.” 

Robinson being cleared to play will not happen soon, as he is expected to miss at least the first four weeks of the NFL season.

“Assuming everything heals without complication and assuming that it was just soft tissue and nothing else… you are looking at a six week recovery,” said University of Tampa nursing professor and wound specialist Melissa Cole. 

Robinson was selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Washington Commanders. The rookie looked to make a name for himself during training camp and the preseason where he would record four yards per carry off of a total of 14 carries with 57 yards and a touchdown. 

This led to Robinson getting reps with the first team during training camp, making a promising start to his rookie year. Now with this setback, Robinson will look to repeat his early success, hopefully without any future setbacks relating to this injury. 

“As long as he lets it heal the way it needs to heal and he does not push it before it has actually healed, he could go back sooner before potentially injuring something that is not fully healed,” said Cole.

All NFL teams had their annual cuts on Tuesday. All NFL rosters were cut down to the usual 53 man roster limit, compared to the 90 player roster during training camp. Robinson was a part of the 53 man roster for the Commanders, although he is now on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

Robinson was projected to become the starting running back going into the season for the Commanders.

“He was playing so well, running hard, quick to the hole, and was going to probably be our starting running back,” said Commanders fan Kurt Zottl. “But there’s a chance he comes back midseason which would be miraculous, [I’m] rooting for him for sure.”

Robinson was cleared from the hospital, and he is now back at practice on crutches to support his teammates. He even did his rookie duties by bringing in snacks like Oreos to the running back room for his teammates and coaches to enjoy. It would be beyond an amazing story if Robinson comes back throughout the season and performs the way everybody knows he can.  

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